Stepping stone or leapfrog? Decentralised energy in the developing world

You should take a look at NASA's Visible Earth photographs. Billions of pin-pricks of light sketch out the Earth's continents against the pitch-black land and sea. Look closer, and you can pick out the details: see the Nile snake it's way to Mediterranean Sea, or the trans-Siberian railway cutting right across Asia. Now take a … Continue reading Stepping stone or leapfrog? Decentralised energy in the developing world

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Could the Green Party learn a thing or two from UKIP?

The green party doesn't need to win seats to influence the direction of our country. But it does need to refocus it's messaging on ecological concerns. Doing this can force the mainstream political parties into developing deep green policies. UKIP have only ever held a single seat in the house of commons. However, the party … Continue reading Could the Green Party learn a thing or two from UKIP?

Why a sustainable society needs the personal and the communal

I feel like Captain B McCrea of the Spaceship Axiom. If you've seen Pixar's Wall-e, you might know what I'm talking about. In a dystopian future where humans, watched over by an omniscient AI, have forgotten the Earth; McCrea rediscovers human culture and the natural world by watching videos from the past. In his wonderment … Continue reading Why a sustainable society needs the personal and the communal

Four policy pillars of renewable energy integration

Wind and solar continue to make ground on conventional generation – so how can variable renewable electricity generators be integrated into the power system? The variability of wind and solar power generation is the Achilles heel of renewable energy. However, these technologies continue to make ground on conventional power generation on measures of cost and … Continue reading Four policy pillars of renewable energy integration